Chìh di gin, heung gang… see you later, Hong Kong! Today was likely my last day as a student in Hong Kong, and it was full of many other memorable lasts. Last pineapple bun (for now), last MTR ride, last cruise through the “Hong Kong Residents” fast lane at the airport. I spent my final week mostly in the New Territories and the 75% of Hong Kong Island that isn’t developed. Upon my arrival a few months ago, I was surprised at 1) the existence and 2) the accessibility of Hong Kong’s stunningly gorgeous natural beauty. There are many beaches, lush mountainsides, waterfalls, and most anything else you could imagine. Hong Kong is also home to an extensive Flower Market, where exotic flora is shipped in from around the world. The air was fresh and sweet, and there was the unexpected surprise of stumbling upon a veritable forest of Christmas firs from the US, Norway, and Scandinavia.
Although I am certainly sad to have left, I am overwhelmingly excited to be spending next semester in New Zealand, and look forward to my next trip to Hong Kong!